“I FELT SPECIAL…I could actually fit in.”

Three Sisters Can Now Ride Bikes TOGETHER!

Pictured above is Laney (left), Sarah (middle), and Lizzy (right).

Last Tuesday, 14-year old Laney received her new PINK adaptive bike from Variety during a special presentation at Saint Vincent Hospital, and it was a life-changer, as her mom, Traci put it.

Two of Laney’s sisters, Sarah and Lizzy already received adaptive bikes from Variety over the last two years, and now, these three sisters get to ride bikes side-by-side!

We could tell you more about the joy and impact, but better to hear it first-hand from Laney and her mom, Traci. Click here to watch this short, but beautiful video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpxdFwdaDP4&feature=youtu.be.

During our June 4th presentation, Variety provided a total of 37 adaptive bikes, adaptive strollers, and communication devices to kids like Laney and dozens more (altogether worth $52,800 in equipment).

We were even joined by SVH President & CEO, Dr. Christopher Clark and City of Erie Mayor Joseph Schember (pictured below with Laney and her sister Yili).

All smiles at the presentation!

It was a DAY OF JOY, and you can watch this YourErie.com segment that captures more smiles and more from Laney herself to keep you smiling through the weekend – https://www.yourerie.com/news/local-news/37-kids-with-disabilities-receive-adaptive-equipment-during-tour/.

Pictured above is Brilynn (left), new friends Skylar and Lilyan (middle), and Tristan, who are ALL SMILES!

Best Part for Gabby? “Popping A Wheeley In The Street!”

Nearly a year ago, Gabby, age 12 was diagnosed with cancer, and it put the brakes on everything in this active, fun-loving girl’s life.

Gabby is pictured above on her new bike with her parents and twin sister.

Gabby’s mom, Carmen told us a bit more about Gabby’s journey and the impact that her new bike would have,

Gabby was a very happy-go-lucky 11-year child who had just finished the 5th grade. She has lots of friends and a twin sister who she was very active in playing with outside during the summer, whether it was going to a local amusement park, swimming, playing volleyball, or even riding bikes in the neighborhood.

All that came to an end when she was diagnosed with cancer in June 2017. 

As a result, Gabby was too sick to go to school for her entire 6th grade school year, and spent it laying at home too sick to see her friends or do any of the things that typical kids her age should be doing. Medication left her legs and feet too numb to walk without braces, as well as keeping her off balance.

Today, she is better, but still prevented from doing most of the things she used to love to do. 

This adaptive bike will help her to get out and play with the other kids and feel like she is a part of the old world she used to know. This bike will also allow her to get much needed exercise for her legs to re-build her strength.

Well, life took a positive turn for Gabby on Tuesday at Saint Vincent Hospital when she received her very own BLUE adaptive bike through Variety alongside many other kids. Something that Gabby said she had been wanting for a few months now.

As Gabby took her first ride around the hospital in a parade, she exclaimed, “Oh, that’s going to be the best part! Popping a wheeley in the middle of the street!”

You do NOT want to miss watching this Erie News Now piece by Reporter, Emily Matson – click here to watch. Be sure to watch it until the very end for Gabby’s words of excitement.

Marcel’s Silly Dance

DO YOU, “SILLY DANCE” to express your joy?

Marcel, age 7, came to our presentation today at Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, and taught us how to silly-dance! Marcel received his adaptive bike from Variety last summer, and he wanted to come today to help more kids feel the joy he does when he’s on his bike.

CHECK OUT HIS SILLY DANCE